Tokyo’s exiled indie scene is coming out of the shadows, and Sony is helping out
As indie game developers in North America have gained increasing renown in recent years, their colleagues in Japan, and Asia generally, have not been nearly as fortunate. The business culture in Japan has made it much more difficult for their projects to gain visibility, but now it looks like that's beginning to change and, big surprise, Sony is involved.
The Tokyo Games Show hosted a dedicated indies section this year, which is a first. Wired's Daniel Feit visited the booth found an upbeat community of creators showing off their wares in the mail hall of the show floor. Unfortunately they moved much further off the beaten path once the business days ended and the show opened to the public, but everything starts somewhere.
Japan has long been a gaping hole in the indie movement, and the difficulties indies face there are unfortunate.
It's wonderful to see this scene start to get a leg up, and the fact that Sony, one of the largest forces in Japanese gaming, is also getting involved points to a bright future.